Man Jailed For Destroying Inflatable Union Rat

George Koukos accused of stabbing, running over inflatable rat

Thursday, Jul 11, 2013  |  Updated 1:29 PM CDT
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Man Jailed For Destroying Inflatable Union Rat

Charges against George Koukas were upgraded to a felony.

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A 43-year-old northwest suburban man was being held on a $100,000 bond Thursday for allegedly stabbing and running over a giant inflatable rat earlier this year.

Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokeswoman Lisa Gordon said the incident occured on April 29 when some Teamsters were picketing in the area of 50 S. Clark St. and and blowing up an inflatable rat.

George Koukos, who was working a moving job, became upset that the rat demonstration was blocking his way, according to prosecutors, and got into an argument with the Teamsters over whether he was union or not. When the picketers refused to move the rat, Koukos allegedly stabbed it with a boxcutter and got into his truck and ran over it.

Koukos, who lives in Wauconda, originally faced misdemeanor charges, but those were later upgraded. He now faces one felony count of criminal damage to property and one misdemeanor count of aggravated assault on public property, according to police.

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